July 20, 2012 Subject:
The blackface was likely a device used to disguise the killer until the end.
The confession, rather blunt and anticlimactic, may have been the result of a budget issue. I'm sure Hitchcock would have desired another ending, but that early in his career, the producers had more 'juice' than Hitchcock.
July 18, 2012 Subject:
anything he does is great
May 1, 2012 Subject:
August 24, 2011 Subject:
I found it interesting that AH used seagulls as instruments of horror in this flick (albeit briefly) -- and also the foreshadowing of the "falling body" high-angle shot from NxNW in the abandoned mine sequence. But it is a flivver of a movie compared to his later luxe Limousines.
November 20, 2010 Subject:
One of the reviews says the actors are probably all dead, but Nova Pilbeam at least is still alive. 91 yrs old and living in North London.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
November 20, 2010 Subject:
Good old good one
Great movie, great acting, directing and everything except the ending with not only the black face which was used a lot for the period, but the confession... "I choked the life out of her!" That was the killer to the entire thing, but again..something not entirely unusual for the time and MUHAHAHA!..but from Hitchcock?
July 17, 2010 Subject:
Location of opening scene
This is the location of the opening film sequence of The Young and the Innocent.
Hitchcock filmed widely around Cornwall. The association with Rebecca and Daphne Du Maurier Festival have resulted in the Fowey Festival.
Porthcothan Bay is more recently famous for being the home of Nick Darke , playwright (The Wrecking Season).
February 4, 2010 Subject:
Absolutely delightful and the acting was very good. Nice story too. I bet the teenagers loved it. Ah, those were the days. I suppose they are all dead now though a couple could be alive.
October 1, 2009 Subject:
This is a lovely film -- and the use of blackface in the last scene is straight out of Sherlock Holmes.
January 28, 2009 Subject:
This is one of those early Hitchcock films that those with a film studies course or two under their belt like to dismiss as not as good as his later, more polished movies. It's a 'wrong man' story, like 'The 39 Steps', with the charming protagonist and the strong willed woman who becomes convinced of his innocence and helps him, here played wonderfully by Nova Pilbeam. The acting is good throughout. There are many amusing scenes. I especially liked the one where two constables hitch a ride on a pig wagon. The pursuit by the police does get somewhat absurd. The use of black face by the orchestra in the last act is unfortunate.
I downloaded the 512Kb MPEG-4 file. Video and audio are OK.
June 30, 2007 Subject:
Young and Innocent
Good Alfred Hitchcock movie filled with lots of suspense. A man discovers a body on the beach, runs for help, but two people discover the body as the man is running away. Everyone thinks he is guilty except for the commissioners daughter. They must find a mysterious man who has an eye blinking disorder to prove his innocence.